The Brennan Family first arrived in New Zealand from Ireland on the SS Otaki in 1877. Sean’s father, Dr. Sir Murray Brennan, was born in Auckland and studied medicine at the University of Otago. He was always drawn to Central Otago and the family first purchased land here in the 1970’s. In 1994, the Brennan family bought the land in Gibbston and began establishing the vineyard, planting some of the first vines in this region and haven’t looked back.
For many years, the fruit on the Brennan Vineyards was sold to Peregrine Wines, while Sean was developing his winemaking skills. In early 2006, Sean moved to Gibbston permanently with his family, and launched the Brennan label.
Sean has created Brennan Wines to produce limited quantities of exceptional wine that truly represent what this region has to offer. Our fruit is sourced entirely from the family vineyards and Sean maintains intimate control in the winery. While the challenges of the environment are immense, the potential is even greater, and with an extreme perfectionist producing the wines, the outcome is remarkable.